October 17: #IAmRizpah, with Mindy Bielas
On October 10, Glendale City Church celebrated Communion. For this service, I spent some time reflecting on a few verses from 1 Corinthians 11 where the writer, Paul, expresses his frustration with the divisions and exclusions that were happening when the church in the city of Corinth gathered together to eat the Lord’s Supper together. Out of my reflection on his concerns, I wonder out loud whether we’ve turned God into a commodity and if the Lord’s Supper can help us recalibrate how we relate to one another.
On October 17, I teamed up with a local artist-theologian, my friend Mindy Bielas. Mindy painted a provocative piece of art based on the story of Rizpah in 2 Samuel 21, a story most of us don’t remember reading or have ever read. It’s not a warm and fuzzy story. It’s highly disturbing about King David’s behavior and highly disturbing how God is portrayed. Mindy’s painting invites us into this story, asking questions of it and wrestling with its implications to our society today.